Sunday, November 05, 2006

Guitars Playing Lute Music

Lutes used to be extremely popular. Now they have been almost completely replaced by guitars. Guitars clearly have some advantages over lutes. They are usually easier to tune and play. They are also easier to make. It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that it is often easier to find lute music played on guitars than on the original lutes.

I don't believe, however, that a guitar is a proper replacement for a lute. There is a substantial difference in sound. It seems that most composers for lute have taken the peculiarities of the lute into consideration and their music reflects this. As a result, I find that lute music played on a lute usually sounds much better than the same music performed on guitar.

This collection of videos is a good opportunity to hear some fine lute music played on guitar. If you wish, you can compare this to my collection of lute videos.

Please don't think I'm criticising guitars or guitar players. I am a guitarist myself and have attempted some of the lute repertoire. I think it is great that guitarists are playing lute music. I really enjoy these videos. There's just something special about lute music played on actual lutes.

Bach Double on the Classical Guitar

Peo Kindgren Plays Dowland

Peo Kindgren Plays Dowland's Frog Galliard

Peo Kindgren Plays Dowland's Sir John Smith His Almain

Francisco Burgos Plays Alman by Robert Johnson

Peo Kindren Plays Bach Prelude


Bach Prelude

Aaron Brock Plays Bach

Bach Suite 3 for Lute-Prelude

Bach Lute Suite No. 1 in E Minor, Allemande

Menuet by Silvius Leopold Weiss

See also Lute Videos and the article Lutes Verses Guitars.

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